Color Country Natural Resource Camp

What is Color Country Natural Resource Camp:

For nearly 30 years, the Color Country Natural Resource Camp(CCNRC) has introduced high school students to natural resource career fields and a variety of recreation activities. This camp is located in beautiful southwestern Utah with a fantastic staff of natural resource professionals who will show you a world you’ve never seen before.

If you are looking for a great way to start your summer and you love the outdoors, this camp is for you!

Color Country Natural Resource Camp
May 28 - June 1

Registration is now open!


Dates & Deadlines

Camp: Tuesday, May 28 - Saturday, June 1, 2024
Registration opens: April 1, 2024
Mandatory Parent Meeting: May 16, 2024, 6-7 pm at the Extension office. (339 S 5500 W, Hurricane, UT 84737)
Registration deadline: The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 2024
Registration Fee: $150

  • Age: 10th - 12th grade (Must have completed 9th grade)
  • Mandatory Parent Meeting: May 16, 2024

Color Country Natural Resources Camp 

Tuesday, May 28 - Saturday, June 1, 2024

Blue Springs - Panguitch (B Camp)




May 28, 2024


May 29, 2024


May 30, 2024


May 31, 2024


Jun 1, 2024



7:45 Meet at USU Extension Office

8:00 Leave for camp (2hr drive)



7:30 Morning Gathering/Pledge



7:30 Morning Gathering/Pledge

Fishing - Lael

Birding - Drew

Yoga - Jaime

Breakfast/Solo Hike


10:30 Intro/Rules

Camp Set up - Pledge

What we love about the outdoors

Leadership Review

Field Investigation

8:00 – 12:00


● Soils – Ben K

● Wildlife - Nicki

● Aquatics - Mel

● Vegetation - Vern & Sabrina

Field Investigation

8:00 – 12:00


● Soils – Ben K

● Wildlife - Nicki

● Aquatics – Mel

● Vegetation - Vern & Sabrina

8:00 Breakfast / Pledge


Field Investigation


● Soils – Ben K

● Wildlife - Nicki

● Aquatics – Mel

● Vegetation - Vern & Sabrina


Take down camp



Team Building Activities – Vern/Kat

Picture & Awards





Lunch - Pizza

Field Notebooks - Kyle




Lunch @ Burger Barn


Field Investigation 1:00-5:00

● Soils – Ben K

● Wildlife - Nicki

● Aquatics - Mel

● Vegetation - Vern & Sabrina

Recreation Activities: 1:00-5:00


● Outdoor cooking, hiking – Ben, Nicki

● Horseback riding

Recreation Activities:1:00-5:00


● Shooting - Jamie/Kaber/Vern

● Archery - Cody (UDWR)


  Leave for home 1:00




*Start potatoes at 2:00 in fire pit

Dinner / leaders meet

Dinner / leaders meet

Dinner / leaders meet


Dinner – Baked Potato bar

Guest speaker 


Final Journaling Activity


6:30 – 8:00

Guest speaker 


Field Notebooks - Kyle


Conservation Capstone - Vern/Nicki


8:30 – 10:00

Team Building Activities – Vern & Katarina




Campfire - Drew


Slide Show - Ben



Blue Springs - Panguitch Lake

Panguitch, UT 84759

Meet the CCNRC Staff

Scholarship Opportunity

Omar Scholarship

Marian (Omar) Jacklin, Archaeologist with Dixie National Forest, was one of the first people to come on board with implementing the Color Country Natural Resource Camp in 1994. For over 20 years, Omar taught students about the archaeological resources in this area and the value of other cultures.

Working with kids and youth was very important to her and she enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the past with students. With a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Archaeology from Brigham Young University, she excavated and surveyed her way across much of the western United States and even dug in Syria in the 1980s.

Omar was always cheerful and willing to lend a hand. She loved helping students gain an appreciation of natural resources through anthropology, archaeology, and photography. Omar passed away in 2017 and her presence at the camp is greatly missed. In honor of Omar, the Color Country Natural Resource Camp awards a $500 scholarship to one attendee each year that exemplifies qualities that Omar brought to the camp: leadership, participation, enthusiasm, and kindness.

In addition to the scholarship, there are several camp fee waivers available.

Camp Photos

CCNRC Sponsors

The Virgin River Program

The Virgin River Program provides financial support which helps make the camp possible. For more information visit

US Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service


Veyo Pies

Veyo Pies has donated over 10 pies a year to the CCNRC for over 10 years now! Thanks to them, campers enjoy a fantastic dessert, so big thanks to them! If you are ever near Veyo, be sure to stop in and get some pie. It is amazing! 435-574-2132,

Eden Valley Produce Co.

Eden Valley Produce provides fresh produce to Enterprise and surrounding areas. The owner Kyle, donates his time to support the camp as well.

US Dept. of Interior, BLM

The Arizona Strip District and St. George Field Office each contributed a $5,000 grant from the Bureau of Land Management’s “Take it Outside” initiative to encourage more children and their families to spend more time outdoors on public lands; to improve the overall health of our nation’s children; and to promote stewardship of the public lands

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve


Dixie Conservation District

The Soil Conservation District provided significant funding to the Camp.

Utah DNR

Utah State University Extension

Washington County, Iron County, and Salt Lake County